Few shows from Hollywood have delighted conservatives in America more than the recent “Roseanne” reboot on ABC. Returning to the broadcast network 20 years after its cancellation in 1997, the family-oriented sitcom is being heralded for shining a light on conservative views in an overwhelmingly liberal television landscape.
But the return of “Roseanne” is not about what happened in the last election, despite what President Trump would have his supporters believe. The premiere may have briefly alluded to Trump’s win, but subsequent episodes go far beyond that – reflecting many of the socio-economic issues at the forefront of working-class American life in this day and age. That’s what makes “Roseanne” still worth the watch.
During its run from 1988 to 1997, “Roseanne” became one of the top broadcast television sitcoms in America. Starring Roseanne Barr in the eponymous lead role, the show centered on an outspoken matriarch and her family living in small town Illinois. “Roseanne” routinely dealt with common issues such as limited household income, job security, and raising kids who are coming of age. It was one of the first shows on television to portray the struggles of working-class life at length, and was widely heralded for its realism. “Roseanne” never explicitly indicated its characters’ political leanings, though many issues were explored throughout the show’s 11 year run – including abortion, LGBTQ relationships and labor rights. This time Barr’s character returns to the show outwardly supportive of President Trump, which many critics have said is a far cry from who Roseanne Conner used to be.
“I’ve always attempted to portray a realistic portrait of the American people and of working class people,” Barr explained. “And in fact it was working class people who elected Trump.”